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Uhuru Afrika’s white party


Naga, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Friday, 10 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $15., 617-661-4900.

The deal: It’s been nearly 10 months since Uhuru Afrika held its final diaspora-inspired dance party at All Asia. But tonight, the crew returns to Mass. Ave. to throw its fifth annual White Party at Naga. Resident DJ Adam Gibbons says Uhuru, which means “freedom” in Swahili, usually holds the White Party in the spring to signify a fresh start after winter. The first event after a long break seemed an even more appropriate occasion. “It’s a time to release the stagnation that’s build up and to cleanse,” Gibbons says. Uhuru Afrika’s parties typically combine DJ sets of electro-infused Afro-Latin rhythms with live accompaniment from Rhode Island-based, Mali-born percussionist Sidy Maiga. Uhuru donates a portion of its proceeds to NextAid, a nonprofit that encourages sustainable community-based projects throughout Africa.

The entertainment: DJ/producer Carlos Mena; Gibbons and his fellow Uhuru resident DJ Max Pela; percussion from Maiga; and visuals by VJ Jay Medina.

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Three songs you’ll hear: “Khona” by Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru; “Premier Gaou” by Magic System; “Traveller” by Black Coffee ft. Nomsa Mazwai & Black Motion.

What to wear: White.

The tip: Gibbons advises newcomers to expect a “communal and at times spiritual” atmosphere where he says you’re more likely to meet a long-term partner than a hookup. He says that Uhuru often hangs a sign that instructs partiers to “be responsible for the energy you bring into this room.”

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